Mason Mount started for the Three Lions, marking his first full game for England. Tammy Abraham also made his first competitive appearance as England lost to the Czech Republic 2-1 on Friday. Another Chelsea player, Fikayo Tomori, was an unused substitute.
Mount had made his first game for England last month, coming off the bench winning over Bulgaria and Kosovo at home, before starting here. Abraham, on the other hand, came on during the closing minutes. England lost to the Czechs, ending their 10-year unbeaten run in qualifiers.
With just 20 minutes left in the game, Ross Barkley replaced Mount and even showed a couple of bright moments. His curling pass to Kane almost changed the complexion of the game but Czech keeper managed to keep the ball away from the goal.
The Czech Republic’s Zdenek Ondrasek ended England’s winning streak with just five minutes left in the game. He found the back of the net to finish the game on their advantage.
Olivier Giroud Helps Lift France Against Iceland
While four Chelsea players suffered from a setback in their international duties for England, French international Giroud, helped his country win over Iceland 1-0.
The match in Reykjavik was a tight one. However, Antoine Griezmann was fouled inside the box and Giroud converted the penalty kick giving them a 10 lead.
He was eventually replaced with just 12 minutes left into the game. The win gave them three more points, placing them six points ahead of Iceland in the Group H. They will face Turkey on Monday, and can qualify if they win.
England Under-21s Draw Slovenia 2-2
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher made their England Under 21 debut Friday as the Three Lions drew Slovenia 2-2. Marc Guehi was also featured in the game and played the entire match in defence.
Hudson-Odoi was used in the first half while Gallagher came as a sub midway through the second half. Gallagher was a late call up to Aidy Boothroyd’s squad.
The young Three Lions led through the goals of Eddie Nketiah and Sam Surridge but they squandered the lead as Slovenia managed to level the score in Maribor.
England will host Austria on Tuesday for the Euro 2021 qualifier in Keynes.